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Jun 14, 2010

National Business Group on Health recognizes General Mills as one of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles

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The National Business Group on Health today honored General Mills for its commitment to workplace health and wellness programs with a Best Employers for Health Lifestyles Gold Award.

The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards acknowledge employers that “recognize the urgent need to improve their workers’ health, productivity and quality of life,” according to the National Business Group on Health.  The goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action. 

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards are honored in one of three categories: Platinum, Gold or Silver. General Mills has earned Gold Awards for four consecutive years and received a Silver Award in 2006.

The company offers a spectrum of health education and wellness programs, preventive care, and medical treatment resources. Current programs at General Mills’ corporate headquarters include on-site fitness classes such as yoga and hip-hop dance, healthy cooking classes and same-day medical appointments at the company’s on-site preventive health clinic.  

Many of the company’s manufacturing facilities now include Lifeclinic health stations, at which employees can check their blood pressure, weight and body mass index.  Over time, employees can confidentially track their progress and create personalized health records to share with their doctors.

General Mills was one of 66 employers who received Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles at the Business Group’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

This award comes after other recent recognition for General Mills’ workplace wellness initiatives this spring, including the American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Company Platinum Award and Hennepin County’s Wellness by Design Gold Award.

About General Mills
One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2009 global net sales of US$15.9 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.

For more information, contact:

Maerenn Jepsen
General Mills
763-764-6364